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Sunny is the second book in the California Diaries series and takes the form of a diary written by Vista Private School student Sunny Winslow.

Back Cover Summary[]

I hate my life. Despise it.

I would trade it in a minute for anyone else's.

That's all I have to say. Good night.

Summary[]

Sunny Winslow is the life of the party. Even though her mother is suffering from lung cancer and her workaholic father is avoiding his family, Sunny is determined not to let life get her down.

Her friends don’t understand why she isn’t more worried about her mom. They won’t join her when she decides to cut class, so she takes off on her own.

Headed to Venice Beach, Sunny meets the mysterious and cool Carson, who seems to understand where she’s coming from. But can she run away from her problems with him, or will her true emotions creep back in?

Characters[]

Sunny's Family

Kids

Pre-Teens

Teenagers

Other Adults


  • Dr. Merwin- Betsy's oncologist
  • Sylvia Mattson - member of Betsy's support group
    • Unnamed members of the support group
  • Ms. Krueger

Locations[]

  • Winslow House
  • Palo City Hospital
  • Vista Private School
  • Venice Beach
    • The Java Voom Cafe
    • Unnamed arcade
  • Winslow Books- Paul's bookstore
  • Schafer-Olson house

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • Newsweek
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • On the Road, Catcher in the Rye (books)

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

Trivia[]

  • Betsy is being treated by Dr. Merwin.
  • Sunny is happy that she and Jill are no longer friends.
  • Betsy is responding well to her chemotherapy and her lungs are clearing.
  • Betsy had another lump found in a radiology report, which turns out to be benign and treatable.
  • Sunny describes her mom's arms as being thick and muscular pre-cancer from all her years as a potter.
  • Betsy joins a cancer support group. Sunny doesn't like them much.
  • All of the teachers and the principal know that Sunny's mom is sick.
  • The Winslows were going to go to Lake Tahoe before Betsy got sick.
  • Sunny was forced to cancel a party she was going to host for her friends when her mother got sick.
  • Betsy is so weak when she comes home from the hospital that she needs her husband to help her get to the bathroom.
  • Betsy is 42 years old.
  • Shortly after she comes home from the hospital, Betsy contracts pneumonia and has to go back. She is put on oxygen and can't speak.
  • Maggie's dad is working on a movie called Fatal Judgement, which shares the name of a 1988 movie of the same name except this movie is a thriller.
  • Betsy gave Sunny a music box that was from her grandmother and later her costume jewelry.
  • Sunny skips school to go to the beach.
  • Sunny's fake name is Camilla.
  • Carol's parents are mentioned in this book.
  • Sunny missed school on October twenty-eighth, October thirtieth and November fourth.
  • Betsy wears wigs or scarves to hide her hair loss.
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